In the summer of 2010 we built a show garden in an empty high street shop as part of Middlesbrough Borough Council’s ‘Pop Up Shop’ scheme; a project made to enliven our town’s high street and to make use of empty retail spaces in creative ways that engage the public.
The garden, although temporary, illustrated that a great deal can be achieved in a small amount of space. The planting beds showed examples of ‘polyculture’ a way of growing both ornamental and edible plants in the same garden; this is a great space saving way to grow your own food whilst retaining perennial ornamental plants for their flower and foliage.
A combination of shrubs, herbs and herbaceous perennials were combined to make our semi – edible indoor garden.
The public response to the garden was fantastic, gardener’s and curious people alike flocked into our high street oasis to buy plants and chat about their gardens and methods of growing. A plant swop was held and a gardener’s question day, during which anyone could come in and pick our brains about their plant problems.